Questions tagged [city]

For questions involving the nature, development, impact, or design of cities. This tag may be used for a city of any size including (but not limited to) hamlets, villiages, towns, metropolises, and megacities.

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What is the utilitarian purpose of artificial waterfalls?

In sci-fi and fantasy artwork, I often see a city built on top of or incorporating waterfalls: James Gurney's Dinotopia (above) is an egregious example with "waterfall towers". When the city is ...
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What food production methods would allow a metropolis like New York to become self sufficient

In my overcrowded future setting the Hegemony (government of the Earth) wants to make the metropolises of the world self sufficient when it comes to food production. What farming/food production ...
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I need a systematic way to consider all crucial factors when building different kinds of near-future cities

I'm crafting the worlds and cultures of my own Alien societies and a near-future human world (near-future Earth), it's the first time I've attempted this in detail. Everything I've found so far about ...
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How long would it take to dismantle a city by hand?

The end has come and gone, and the survivors of humanity have adopted a new religion - dismantling the sins of the past. Dismantling the cities, roads, towns and relics of the past by hand. The ...
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Is it realistic for a town to completely disappear overnight without a major crisis and massive cultural/historical impacts?

I was inspired by this question which talks about feuding clans of immortals in an urban fantasy setting trying to wipe out each other's cities while under a masquerade. There's a lot of this kind of ...
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What are the architectural considerations when an underwater species builds a city?

I've got a species that lives in the Southern Ocean along the Antarctic coast, and they are basically a sentient crossbreed of Orca whales and elephant seals. They are omnivores, have opposeable ...
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How long would it take for nuclear energy to become adopted in a world on the brink of collapse?

For reference, I'm going with the accepted answer given here: How would technology adoption of Lithium Air battery work?. In my world, it makes sense that governments would be very interested in ...
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Would it be worthwhile to locate capital in high mountains on an exoplanet with higher atmospheric pressure?

Tech level: modern - like Atmospheric pressure at local sea level: Oxygen ~30 kPa Nitrogen ~180 kPa (So roughly counting 1.5 times more oxygen, 2.25 times more nitrogen) Technically speaking such ...
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Fantasy Zootopia: Taur Races

Okay, for my D&D game, I'm creating a 19th Century world. I have some stuff here: Rail Transportation with Races Described Below - Specifically, Seating (For Trains; Read Accepted Answer) 19th ...